Great Waves at Surfers’ Paradise

by Trevor Brown

For many, a surfer’s Paradise consists of a tranquil town and a perfect wave. However, to me the thought of one perfect wave is boring. I like variety.

Costa Ballena offers exactly that. The rugged coastline has multiple surf zones allowing for surfers of all levels to access many waves in a relatively short distance.


Playa Dominical has always been the main attraction along Costa Ballena for its consistency and big, heavy style of wave. The size and raw power of Dominical makes the waves fun and challenging for every surfer even at a professional level. With 3km of beach, Dominical is a big playground for barrel seekers and adrenaline junkies.

Just down the road, Playa Dominicalito offers more mellow waves for long boarders and beginners. Here surfers harness their skills without worry of the board breaking slammers that constantly crash at Dominical.

Further south, Playa Hermosa has waves for more intermediate surfers. Here there is size and power, but not as much as Dominical. None the less, the waves are fast, fun, and you still find yourself getting barrels.

Another great beach for more mellow waves is at Playa Chamán in Uvita. This beautiful National Park beach will never disappoint.

When the waves are big, this might also be due to numerous rocks and reefs along the coast that create waves. Many beaches don’t have names or are kept more secret, but ask around, as half the fun of a surf mission is the search.

Whether you are looking for power, reef breaks, point breaks, or mellow waves, Ballena Coast has it all, and is without a doubt, a surfer’s Paradise.

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